Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine: Find Balance for Well-Being

imagesYou will receive a professionally guided and personally oriented set of recommendations that combines therapies including acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, counseling and nutrition to provide you with an integrated treatment plan.

How Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you:

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), optimal health is achieved via a relative balance in the whole human body and the harmonious flow of blood and energy (called chi). Conventional medicine refers to this balance as homeostasis.  Disease or dis-equilibrium appears when the balance is disturbed.

Imbalances are common, and can occur in one or more body systems. TCM associates these systems with organ names, such as liver, kidney, lung and pericardium, whereas western medicine refers to these as the circulatory, nervous, muscle/skeletal, and endocrine systems.


Osher Center acupuncture patient Michelle Friend discusses her experiences.

TCM uses diet, exercise, herbal therapy, massage and acupuncture to restore balance. Treatments can help you with:

  • Back pain
  • Stomach and bowel disorders
  • Cancer care and symptom management
  • Women’s health concerns
  • Fertility
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-surgery pain, anxiety and depression
  • Pre-surgery anxiety
What the research is showing:

Acupuncture is the most studied component of TCM. It is the act of inserting thin needles into the body to stimulate its innate healing system, often referred to as the “primary healing activity.”  This is the same action of healing from small cuts or scrapes and is what a surgeon depends upon for the body’s post-surgery recovery.

During an acupuncture treatment, needles are placed into very specific locations in order to stimulate the healing activity and to restore balance to the body’s systems.

In 1997 an NIH consensus paper showed clear scientific evidence of the benefits of acupuncture. Since then there have been many randomized controlled trials demonstrating the efficacy of acupuncture as well as over 25 systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Scientific evidence shows that Acupuncture is useful for neck pain, back pain, dental pain, arthritis, cancer care and nausea/vomiting from various causes. Research also suggests benefits for mental health disorders, fibromyalgia and infertility. In addition, the World Health Organization has identified 40 conditions for which Acupuncture is effective.

Our acupuncture and traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners are:

Rates
Initial visit: $200
Follow-up visit: $100

Appointments
Please visit our Appointments page to schedule a visit.


Resources/References:

Kotani N., et al: Preoperative intradermal acupuncture reduces postoperative pain, nausea and vomiting, analgesic requirement, and sympathoadrenal responses. Anesthesiology 2001 Aug; 95(2): 349-56

Ernst E., et al: Acupuncture for back pain: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Arch Intern Med 1998:158:2235

Kaptchuk, T.J.: Acupuncture: theory, efficacy, and practice. Ann Intern Med. 2002 Mar 5; 136(5): 374-83

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